Cambridge

In the heart of East Anglia, Cambridge is well-situated and easily accessible, enjoying an almost unparalleled reputation (except for maybe its rival, Oxford) for its high-calibre university and the history and traditions that have accompanied it through time. Student town, cosmopolitan, dynamic, ancient, Cambridge is full of things to do and see, making it a hot destination for young people learning English.

Climb to the top of Great St. Mary’s cathedral for a spectacular view of the town from above. Go rowing, or for an even more typical Cambridge experience, give punting on the Cam a try. Students can take walks through “the Backs”, going down peaceful meadows to the river’s edge and providing picturesque views of the colleges.

Studio Cambridge School

Founded in 1954, our partner school has years of teaching experience and is also the oldest language school in Cambridge. It boast between 100 and 350 students per week while keeping a warm welcoming atmosphere. Courses are held in 2 Victorian buildings owned by the school and located in the very heart of the city (400m from the railway station and a 10 minutes walk from the city centre).

School facilities include:

  • 23 bright, spacious and comfortable classrooms located in 2 different buildings
  • A library facilities offering a wide selection of books, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, magazines & a quiet reading area
  • An IT room
  • A video projection room
  • A cafeteria opening for breakfasts, lunches and snacks
  • A garden
  • Free unlimited WiFi on the premises

For summer students aged 16-19, classes are held at Ridley Hall College & Newham College, 2 traditional colleges of Victorian era, located next to each other and about 5 to 10 minutes walk from Cambridge historial centre.

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson duration: 45 minutes
  • Class size: Maximum 16 students (average of 13 in the summertime, 10 the rest of the year)
  • Schedule: classes are mainly held in the morning
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Levels available: basic to advanced (intermediate level required for Specific Subjects options)
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Qualified and experienced teachers teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Intensive English

20 lessons of General English + 8 thematic lessons per week

Thematic lessons are to be selected from: Academic Skills, Global Leaders, Creative Social Media or Coding (each option is detailed as follow).

The programme also includes 4 three-hour sessions of supervised study and 1 cultural visit per week.

Language level: beginner to advanced

English & Multi-activities

20 lessons of General English per week

The lessons are given by two different teachers, who work using methods focused on speaking and listening skills.

Subjects change every week: Adventure, Environment, New Technologies, Shopping & Fashion, Fame, The Media, Family, Friends, Food, Health, Sports, Leisure, Travel, Fiction, Investigations.

Language level: beginner to advanced

English & Specific Subject option

20 lessons of English & 8 lessons of specialsed English per week

This programme is only available for those accommodated in residence and is not compatible with the afternoon activity programme.

Language level: beginner to advanced

Options are to be selected from: Global Leaders, Creative Social Media or coding as follow:

Option “Global Leaders”

This course helps you develop the different skills to prepare you for the international business world.

Course content:

  • Leadership skills and group work
  • Cultural awareness
  • Respect and global understanding
  • Skills needed to suceed in interviews
  • How to boost your confidence
  • Decision-making
  • Debates similar to those of the United Nations
  • Preparation and execution of oral presentations
  • Negotiation and persuasion tactics as well as how to come up with innovative solutions

Option “Creative Social Media”

This is a practical course designed to help you create a project each week for a social network (written expression & visual)

Course content:

  • How to acquire language skills in relation to social media
  • Creating a project each week on one social media channel
  • How to use real data to support your evidence
  • The study of English jargon and how it’s used on the internet
  • Integration into the international community online
  • Production of your own digital content
  • Development of efficient strategies on how to strengthen online presence

Option “Coding”

Hands-on course to learn the basics of computer science and programming. The course is given in 2-week modules (16 lessons) and examines how programming relates to our interests. It includes student-led projects under the responsibility of a teacher, practical workshops, discussions and regular evaluations. By the end of the course, you will have learned the basics of programming and JavaScript through the completion of personal projects.

It includes :

  • acquisition of the fundamentals of computer programming
  • the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • the practical exploration of different programming concepts related to everyday life
  • playful puzzle-based learning to promote creativity
  • the use of interactive internet platforms that allow students to see what they are creating as they go through their programming

English & Multi-activities

20 general English lessons per week

The option includes classes + 13 sessions of activities per week.

Levels: elementary to advanced

Intensive English

20 lessons of General English + 8 lessons of Academic English

If the student has at least an intermediate level of English (B1), he or she will be able to join the Academic English courses, which aims to develop fluency in class (lectures and small group classes). Activities include: presentations, internet research, debates on current affairs, in-depth reading of texts, analysis…

If the student’s level of English is below B1, he or she will take reinforced English classes to improve general English.

Levels: elementary to advanced

English & Cambridge University discovery

20 lessons of General English + 8 lessons of Specialised English per week

This option offers students the chance to discover Cambridge University and its everyday life. Lessons focus on university history and culture and will help you develop your speaking skills.

Course content:

  • student life at Cambridge University
  • sporting traditions
  • scientific insights
  • unique history of the University
  • comparison between Cambridge University and other universities in the world

Activities included: guided tour, introduction to student life as well as real and fake myths about the university from a Cambridge student, treasure hunt, conferences…

Language level: beginner to advanced

Sample activites per week (English & Multi-activities programme ONLY):

  • 5 half-day of sports and recreational activites on the campus or visits in the surrounding areas (: football, swimming, volleyball, cinema, karaoke, disco night, t-shirt design, mask making, circus workshop, cake decorating, glass painting, British quiz, walk to Cambridge City centre or boat trip on the river Cam, visits of different colleges & museums.
  • 1 full day excursion (Saturday): London, Warwick Castle, Leeds Castle, Harry Potter Studio Tour, Brighton, Oxford (the city and Christ Church College).
  • 7 evening activities on campus (Residence accommodation) or 3 evening activities (Homestay accommodation): quiz, disco night, treasure hunt, karaoke, cinema, theme party, creative workshop, board games & sports.Please note that evening activities are optional for students aged 16-19.

  • 14-17 years old, All Saints’ week, winter, spring
  • 14-17 years old in summer – only for the English & Multi-Activity programme
  • Double room, shared bathroom and full board

Travel time to school: maximum 45 minutes (30 on average) by bus.

The historical centre of Cambridge is mainly filled with stores, companies and universities. Most host families live in residential areas around the city centre and all live next to a bus stop. All the areas are well-connected with good public transport services. Students will take public transport to get to and back from school.

Practical Information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels not provided – please bring your own
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their washing machine once a week or let you know their laundry days
  • Students will take part in 3 organised evening activities per week. The other evenings are spent with the host family

Ages 13-19

  • Single or shared room (depending on availability)
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • Travel time to school: 3 to 10 minutes walk. For security reasons supervisors accompany the residents to school

Services and facilities:

  • Each room has a wardrobe, sink, desk, lamp, single bed, chest of drawers and a mirror
  • TV room in the buiding
  • Communal dining hall
  • Rooms cleaned every week
  • Bed linen provided and changed once a week
  • Towels not provided – please bring your own
  • Washing machines available (coin operated)
  • 24hr supervision (warden on duty)

Travel

Day of arrival: Sunday (before 20:00 for Homestay)

Day of departure: Sunday

Arrival airports/stations:

  • London Heathrow (preferably)
  • Cambridge rail station
  • St. Pancras International rail station (Eurostar)
  • London Gatwick
  • London Stansted
  • London Luton

Round trip transfers are included from Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick airports to place of accommodation (if arrival/departure on Sunday between 10:00 and 20:00).

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in the programme.

Visa Information

Brexit news:

In the absence of an agreement, the UK Government has made it clear that national identity cards issued by EU Member Countries to their nationals will remain valid until 31 December 2020 inclusive for travel in the UK. As a result, EU citizens will be able to continue to travel using their passports or ID cards solely until that date.

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.


Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Autumn, winter and spring

  • Intensive English:
    • Homestay: sessions run between January 05 and June 21, and between August 23 and December 20. Courses start every Monday.
    Summer
  • English & Multi-activities:
    • Homestay: sessions run between June 14 and August 23
    • Residence: sessions run betweeen June 28 and August 23
  • Intensive English:
    • Residence: sessions run between June 28 and August 23
  • English & Specific Subject option:
    • Residence: sessions start on June 28, July 12 and July 26 (2 or 3 weeks)
  • English & Cambridge University discovery:
    • Residence: sessions run between June 28 and August 9

Prices 2020

Includes lessons, accomodation, meals as described, activities, round trip transfer, all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.1
Courses, activities & accommodation with full board
Duration14-17 years old (Family, Summer)13-17 years old (Residence)16-19 years old (Residence)14-17 years old (Family, except summer)
1 week--- 1.095
2 weeks 2.340 2.565 2.955 1.750
Three weeks 3.195 3.375 3.830 2.375
4 weeks 3.995 4.275 4.835 2.995
Supplement of 20 euros (/ 2 weeks) for the creative social media or global leaders option
Transfers - Per trip
Luton 175
Gatwick 280
Transfer included if arriving at Heathrow or Stansted at scheduled times

Prices include:

  • 20 or 28 hours of English lessons per week
  • Residence or Homestay full board accommodation
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • Sporting, recreational or cultural activities (only in the evenings for spectific subject options)
  • School supervision
  • Welcome pack
  • Placement test
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • All taxes and school administration fees
  • Airport transfers from Stansted, Heathrow or Gatwick if arrival/departure on Sundays within the indicated scheduled frame (for arrivals/departures on other days or from other airports, please see the price list)

Prices do not include:

  • Transportation to and from Cambridge
  • Transportation in and around Cambridge for Homestay only (about £15 per week)
  • Residence refundable security deposit (£20 or €20)
  • Optional Insurances
  • Visa fees (if any